There’s a final component to add to your new outlook about what you put in your body. I am going to deal with what you choose to drink separately from what you choose to eat just to show you how detrimental your drinking choices are to your overall health and beauty.
The Source of Life
If you don’t already, you should begin drinking half your body weight in ounces of water every day. This means that if you weigh 160 pounds you should be drinking at least 80 ounces of water every day. A lot of women ask, “Won’t I become bloated if I drink that much water? The last thing I need is to gain a bunch of water weight!” What many people still don’t understand is that you only retain water when you aren’t drinking enough of it. I know it sounds counterintuitive, but any “water weight” you’d like to get rid of will disappear for good once you become well hydrated. When you are drinking plenty water your body recognizes that there is no longer a water shortage and it releases all those stores of water it was previously saving. After you up your water intake, the body will drop its water weight very fast—sometimes as much as 4 or 5 pounds in the first week.
Since the human body is more than 70% water, we need to constantly replenish this supply. Drinking a lot of water helps the kidneys and liver function efficiently, which is especially important because they happen to be the organs related to fat loss. Plus it helps regulate our metabolism!
It’s best to drink filtered water and stay away from tap water, which, as you’ve probably heard, can be extremely hazardous to your health. Because of the dangerous chemicals used to treat water, there are now more than 2100 known toxins that can be present in tap water. Arsenic, lead, asbestos, aluminum, mercury, herbicide and pesticides are commonly found in tap water. In fact, more than ten million Midwesterners are exposed to carcinogenic herbicides in their drinking water every year.
Making matters worse, chlorine and fluoride are still being added to tap water. Chlorine was used as a chemical weapon in the Iraq War. It’s the primary ingredient in bleach and disinfectants. A study by the U.S. Council of Environmental Quality concluded, “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine.” Fluoride is a toxic byproduct of the chemical manufacturing process. Nobel Laureate Dr. Albert Schatz said, “Fluoridation is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has.” And Dr. Dean Burk of the National Cancer Institute said, “More people have died in the last 30 years from cancer connected with fluoridation than all the military deaths in the entire history of the United States.” That should be enough reason to forgo the tap water!
A Dangerous Habit
As you begin drinking more water, you’ll be able to eliminate other unhealthy drinks from your daily liquid intake. First to get rid of: soda pop. Begin to cut back drastically on soft drinks. Better yet, forget them altogether. Watch the lecture “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” mentioned in Lesson 1 for a complete description of why you want go soda-free.
If you find, however, that you must have a Coke or Pepsi with your pizza, just please make it a regular, not diet. Why? Because, as you’ve likely already heard, the aspartame found in diet pop is one of the most dangerous food additives ever created.
A dose of aspartame equivalent to what you would get by drinking three cans of Diet soda each day was given to rats for just two months. The end result was that the chemical caused the highest incidence of brain tumors when compared to any other chemical ever tested on lab rats.
Now, you might be saying, “But the FDA approved aspartame, so it can’t be that bad.” The truth is that the FDA actually denied aspartame approval for more than eight years until it was finally overruled. Japan has banned aspartame completely because they care about their citizens more than they care about big business. We Americans aren’t so fortunate.
What does a food additive like aspartame have to do with becoming more beautiful? A lot. The more you return to nature and eliminate all the man-made junk that has flooded every area of your busy, modern life, the more beautiful you’ll start to look and feel. And the changes will be dramatic. I promise.
If you’re accustomed to using artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet, Splenda and Equal in your coffee, stop. If you want a few good reasons to quit your Nutrasweet or Equal habit go to www.sweetpoison.com. If you some good reasons to quit the Splenda habit go to www.splendaexposed.com.) Instead buy packets of the all-natural sweetener Stevia to carry around in your purse for sweetening tea or coffee. And if you still miss the carbonated taste of pop, new colas like Zevia are being made with Stevia instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners. Though the politics of the artificial sweetener industry have stopped Stevia from coming online full force and the U.S. (and stopped it dead in its tracks in the U.K.), things are starting to change and Stevia is beginning to get its due.
Sidenote: It won’t do you any good to avoid aspertame in your diet pop only to later ingest it in your yogurt and sugar-free candy. Check the ingredients’ lists on all packaged food you buy from chocolate milk to chewing gum to make sure you are steering completely clear of aspertame, Splenda and other artificial sweeteners.
Shelley is a 56-year-old mother of three and grandmother of four. She drank two or three cups of coffee a day and always sweetened them with a packet of Splenda. Renee had never had any health problems whatsoever. After about 6 months of ingesting a couple packs of Splenda per day she began experiencing terrible aches in every muscle in her body. She said she would lie awake at night and her muscles would ache so bad she couldn’t sleep. She went to a doctor and he told her she must have a rapid onset case of severe fibromyalgia. It didn’t make any sense to her since she’d always been in great health, but she didn’t know what else it could be. Finally someone suggested she try eliminating the Splenda from her diet. She did and within just a few weeks she began feeling better. A couple months later the muscle aches were completely gone. They have never returned.
Faith is a 61-year-old mother of three and grandmother of six. A year ago she began experiencing dizzy spells that would last all day long. She went to three doctors and had dozens of tests performed. Everything showed up completely normal. Though she was relieved, she really wasn’t. She assumed she must have a brain tumor or something that the doctors missed because she would get dizzy every single day and some days it would be so bad she’d have double vision, she’d be unable to walk and she’d experience vertigo. One day her son suggested she stop drinking the 20-ounce Diet Coke that she had with her lunch every day. She did and within a few weeks the dizziness disappeared. It has never returned.
If you’re ready for some incredible changes in your appearance, including brighter eyes, clearer skin, and longer, stronger hair and nails, replace your morning caffeine with this miracle drink. The drink I’m talking about is a green smoothie. The quickest way to load your body up with the nutrients discussed in Lesson 1 is to drink them. So get out your blender, or better yet, splurge on a Vita-Mix, (it’s the only appliance I use almost every day), and whip up a green smoothie first thing in the morning. It will take you less than three minutes but will help you feel incredible for the rest of the day.
How do you make a delicious green smoothie? Start with a banana. Toss it in the blender. Add some blueberries, strawberries, pineapple and ice, then fill the blender to the top with spinach. It may not sound tasty, but I promise that, aside from the green color, you won’t even notice the spinach is there. This is a simple and easy way to get loaded with the amazing nutrients available through dark leafy greens and antioxidant-rich berries.
If you have a Vita-Mix (or a really good blender) you can keep a few bags of frozen fruit on hand and just dump those in. Keep a frozen berry mix and citrus mix on hand and blend them together with some water and spinach.
Since you’ll be consuming a lot of produce when you first start making your green smoothies, please try to buy organic. You may want to keep a list of the “dirty dozen” on hand when you go grocery shopping. The dirty dozen is a list of the 12 the fruits and vegetables that are most heavily sprayed with pesticides. Right now the dirty dozen includes items such as peaches, strawberries, apples, cherries, blueberries, bell peppers and, unfortunately, spinach.
To get the most out of your green smoothie, buy some frozen organic wheatgrass shots from your local health food store or online. Add 1 ounce of frozen wheatgrass to your green smoothie every day. If you mix in a lot of pineapple, the wheatgrass taste shouldn’t be too noticeable. Keep experimenting with the measurements until you get the right mix for your tastebuds.
After drinking green smoothies for two weeks you’re going to notice that you’re not as hungry all the time because your body is getting all the good stuff it craves. You’ll also notice you have more energy and you don’t fall prey to colds and flues that are going around. The benefits of green smoothies are too many to name but I promise you will appear more beautiful as a result of your new drinking habit. And that will make it impossible to kick.